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Road & Trail Racing:

3K- 10:17, Summers End Run, Portland, OR, 1984
5K- 16:39, HS Cross Country, West Linn, OR, 1986
8K- 29:35, Run for the Beach, Seattle, WA, 1991
10K- 35:53, Wheels & Heals, Seattle, WA, 1989
12K- 51:58, Lake Run, Lake Oswego, OR, 1986
15K- 58:42, Shamrock Run, Portland, OR, 2013
1/2 Marathon- 1:25:48, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Portland, OR, 2013
Marathon- 3:34:07, Newport Marathon, Newport, OR, 2002, (photo)
50K- 4:47:09, Jack Frost 5-Hour, West Linn, OR, 2003
50 Miles- 10:01:54, Pacific Crest Trail 50 Mile, Mt. Hood National Park, 2005

I have been the overall winner of only one road race, the 1990 Grizzle Run. I ran 19:07 on a hilly
gavel 5K course on a rest day of a 6000-mile bicycle tour of the United States with Cycle America.

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Outdoor Track:

110 Meter HH (39")- 14.6, West Linn High school record, 1986
110 Meter HH (42")- 15.3, University of California dual meet, 1989
300 Meter IH- 38.5, KFLY Invitational, Corvallis, OR.
     West Linn High school record, 1986
400 Meter IH- 52.63, Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Meet Record,
     Top-ten all time University of Washington, 1989
400 Meters- 48.5, Split on 3:11 mile relay performance, 1990

1989- Placed 5th in the PAC-10 Championships in the 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles held at Stanford. I ran 54.36 in the finals after running 52.73 in the prelims the previous day to qualify. The event winner was George Porter from Southern California with a time of 49.55 (At that time Porter was the 300 meter IH HS Record Holder with a previous time of 35.32 set May 25, 1985 in Walnut, California).

While at the University of Washington I conducted sprint training along side Thomas Jefferson, the 200 Meter bronze medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

1985- Canton, China. As part of the International Sports exchange I experienced my first 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles race on a cinder track in the scorching sun, finishing second in about 57 seconds.

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Indoor Track:

55 Meter HH- 8.01, Eastern Washington Indoor, 1989
500 Yards- 61.1, Portland Indoor, 1989
500 Meters- 67.1, Husky Indoor, 1988
600 Yards- 1:14.15, Nebraska Indoor, 1989
800 Meters- 1:56.2, Seattle Indoor, 1988

January 16, 1988- Canada. Raced Canadian record holder Mark McCoy (1992 Olympic Champion) and 1984 and 1988 Olympic Champion Roger Kingdom (World Record of 12.93 in 1989) in a 60 Meter High Hurdles race at the Achilles Indoor Track meet.

Masters Competition:

400 Meter IH- 1:01.56, USATF Oregon Association & N.W. Regional Masters Championships, 2007
     35-40 Portland Masters Classic. Meet Record broken by Sol Sallos in 2009.
400 Meter IH- 1:02.73, USATF Oregon Association & N.W. Regional Masters Championships, 2008
     40-45 Portland Masters Classic, meet Record.

Coaching Experience:

Cleveland High School- Head Cross Country Coach, 2014 to Current.
Cleveland High School- Assistant Track Coach, 2011 to Current.
           See CHS Top-10 All-Time Listings

Lincoln High School- Assistant Track Coach, Hurdles & Sprints. 2005 to 2010.
     2007 Oregon State Boy’s Team State Champions, Girl’s Team State Champions
     2008 Oregon State: Boy’s Team 2nd, Girl’s Team 4th
           See LHS Top-10 All-Time Listings

Athletic Trainings:

2006 USATF Level 1 Certification.
2007 Northwest All Sport Clinic. Featuring Andre Phillips.
2007 ASEP (American Sports Education Program) Certification.
2007 Learning from the Legends. Featuring Tom Tellez and Dan Pfaff.
2008 "Chat ’n Chew". Featuring Dan Steele, LaMonte Vaughn and Jimmy Radclife.
2008 Super Clinic. Featuring Dr. Ralph Mann, Curtis Frye, Mike Holloway, Gary Winckler, Rahn Sheffield,
         George Williams and John McNichols.


Since you have asked...

Why did you start this project?

Initially it was curiosity that sparked my interest in running movies. I had been talking to people I was running with about films and as the conversation progressed over weeks of running I noticed that quite a few films had been made that were not well known to the general public. I started to look around to see how many other films had been done and found about 40 titles rather quickly. I started to obtain the movies to watch them and sometimes I was really impressed with the quality of the work. As I became more savvy on the web, read more books on the topic, and started to get a network of people interested in the topic the list has continued to grow to over 600 titles. As the list has expanded so has my viewing and personal collection which now contains about 50% of what is posted. Runningmovies.com is a hobby of mine that comes after first taking care of my responsibilities to my family and my own running program.

Was it a lot of work?

I would describe this project as a commitment of my time and a challenge for me that I have really enjoyed. What you see now has progressed with many stages. In the Fall of 2001 I took off 12 weeks to stay home when my second child was born and during that time I was able to obtain and watch many of the movies that I was in the process of cataloging. I learned about data bases and spent a good deal of time searching the web and reading books. As I shared my interest with fellow runners they often wanted to know more specific information. The Internet seemed like a perfect match to share information that I had already collected. Other steps included learning some HTML, obtaining a domain name, and posting the data onto the web. I have done most of the entries late at night, to avoid digging into my family time, and for several months it was hard to get enough rest to recover from the running that I was doing. When search engines started to list runningmovies.com in November 2002 the number of visitors really started to increase. Now the challenge is to keep up with previewing the hard to find films and adding new entries from the great feedback that viewers keep providing me.

What do you hope people get out of it?

I would like people who are interested in running movies to be able to go to one place and have a springboard of accessible information on the topic. Film is a great medium and can convey many concepts from historical perspectives (Olympics), to personal stories of athletes who have overcome great obstacles (biographies), to having more information about a race you may want to train for in the future (specific events), and even different philosophies on how to train (instructional tapes). Feature films, seem to have drawn the most attention at the site. Many people just want to be entertained by movies and if running is portrayed it can be even more fun for someone who enjoys running themselves. By visiting the web site people can obtain an overview of the films that are listed, read reviews of the movies, and find out where to go to purchase titles that they want to see (availability index). I have written each description individually, rather than posting the data base, and have tried to make the entries both enjoyable to read as well as informative. I enjoy hearing from people who have visited the site and I always welcome additional information to continue to make this resource grow.

What are your favorite running movies?

See my Top Ten Favorite List
There are many great films out there that are not very well known. Each month I am featuring a new movie on the homepage; an example is the 1999 film Running on the Sun that is the December 2002 pick. When I am out on the road, feeling tired, and the conditions stink, I think of this movie that follows 13 runners in the running of the Badwater 135 (a 135 mile ultramarathon from the lowest to highest elevation in the United States). My running experience can hardly compare to the challenge they endure, and I find a place within myself to continue on and push my own limits of endurance.

Many people are aware of the two theatrical releases in the late '90s about Steve Prefontaine: Prefontaine and Without Limits. Most people are unaware of the 1995 documentary entitled Fire on the Track that is better than each of these feature films. By taking the real footage and people in his life, and sharing this story in a well structured way, it makes this video a masterful success. After watching, I am bound to turn any recovery run into a tempo or interval session due to the power of film still pulsing through me.

When I try to visualize efficient running form I bring to mind the marathon coverage of past Olympic champions: Abebe Bikila ('60,'64), Frank Shorter ('72), and Joan Benoit ('84). Watching the best athletes perform on the Olympic stage is very moving and powerful for me and when I recall their stride, posture, and determination I find my own running form improve. Bud Greenspan who is a producer, writer, and director, has captured many moments that should not be overlooked. In my opinion his greatest work is the Olympiad Series that was updated and distributed in 1996 by Dreamworks Television and packaged in an eight tape collection entitled The Olympiad Greatest Moments. The film Endurance captures this type of expression as the story is told of Haile Gebrselassie in his quest of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic 10,000 meter gold medal. Throughout these movies you will witness the history of many events as well as hear the stories from the men and women who made the sacrifice to become Olympians. I feel more connected to myself, my vision as an athlete, as well as the sport of running, after I watch these films.

These are just a couple of examples of films that I enjoy and how I use them when participating in running. The "recommended" list is long and each person needs to look into themselves and seek out whatever film will satisfy a portion of what they are looking for at that point in their life. As I have seen many running movies the one lesson I come away with again and again, and why I keep going back to them, is that by viewing the most simple of behavior you can gain an insight into yourself that will deepen who you are as a person and athlete. I enjoy learning, and improving, and therefore I find some grain of insight in each film I watch.

I hope that each person will enjoy who they are as a runner and be motivated through RunningMovies.com to dig a little deeper through the use of motion pictures to enjoy the sport just a little bit more.

I welcome any feedback you may have about your favorite movies and how you use them to deepen your running experience. Reach me by sending a message via e-mail.

Happy Running & Happy Viewing


Mark Hale-Brown · P.O. Box 86091 · Portland, OR 97286-0091 · USA

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